Cyclist tests positive for EPO

MONACO -- Thomas Dekker has been
ruled out of the Tour de France after a positive test for the
banned blood-booster EPO, his Silence-Lotto team said.

"We have learnt on Wednesday morning that new tests ... on
samples from December 24, 2007, have proved positive for EPO,"
Silence-Lotto said on its Web site.

"He [Dekker] has been immediately put on a list of
'non-active' riders," sports director Marc Sergeant said.

At the time of the test, Dekker was riding for the Rabobank team.